Jeans hold a solid spot in your everyday look. That is, until warm weather season rolls around. From warm weather lounging to that week-long beach vacation you’ve been impatiently waiting for, summer outfits are built around your best swimsuit to take advantage of any opportunity to beat the heat with a quick dip (possibly in a kiddie pool for on-duty dads).
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Even if you don’t have to to hit the pool or beach, there’s a number of stylish men’s bathing suits and swim trunks that have the versatility to become your weekend go-to. With industry-standard tech like moisture-wicking and quick-drying fabric, these bathing suits are sure to withstand all future adventures in the sun.
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Now, perhaps you like your bathing suit to hit at the knee? Or maybe you’re the type that likes to show some quad? Are you looking for monochromatic color, or a vibrant pattern? These are all questions you will want to ask before choosing your next suit. What’s great is we’ve curated a wide range of bathing suits below to cater to all types of preferences.
So what are you waiting for? We’re only going to have this weather for a couple more months! Chop, chop!
The best way to reward yourself after an intense workout? Taking a dip, without having to change your shorts. That’s right, this swimsuit doubles as workout shorts. Lululemon, take all our money.
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You can’t go wrong with a seersucker striped swimsuit. The stripes will invoke timeless prep styling while also creating the illusion of your body being more slimmer and taller.
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Can you believe these swim shorts are made from a fabric that’s made from recycled materials and upcycled coconuts? These eco-friendly trunks also feature four-way stretch and quick-dry capabilities. Oh, and if odor is your issue, this swimsuit has you covered there too thanks to a natural anti-microbial feature in the fabric.
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Fair Harbor is one of the best when it comes to making that’s practical and stylish. What’s amazing is The Anchor is made from 88% recycled polyester that has 4-way stretch and natural odor resistance. The designs are rich and vibrant (without going too over-the-top), and the overall fit is optimized for men who have an athletic build (more room in the quads and seat).
Orange you glad these Amazon swim shorts don’t cost a fortune? (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves.) With thousands of five-star reviews, you can bet these affordable trunks are a solid choice for all your spring and summer adventures.
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Patagonia Baggies are essentially the Gold Standard when it comes to adventure shorts. The new Baggies Lights are made with more eco-friendly materials and better suited to handle swimming, kayaking, and more. Say hello to your new go-to pair of hybrid shorts.
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An out-of-the-box pattern is one of the most subtle flexes you can make with a pair of swim trunks. If you’re looking to make a style statement (without the aid of stripes or floral patterns) then look towards this unique square scarf print.
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Create your pool style vibe around this old-school bathing suit. A white tee and retro sneakers complete the throwback look that feels fresh for the warm weather season.
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It’s all about the details with these Nike shorts. The utility clasp on the belt adds all the style you need to confidently sport these on the beach or city streets. Best of all, these board shorts have plenty of pockets for all your small gear—just make sure you take out your tech gadgets before practicing your cannonballs.
Easily paired with a solid tee or polo on or off the sand, this beach-approved piece of Vineyard Vines apparel—available in 30 other designs aside from the bright floral pattern shown—is an absolute summer staple. Fashionable, practicable, and whimsical? You better click “add to cart” before someone else beats you to it.
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We stan the 3-stripes look on any bottoms, and that includes swimsuits. Even if you don’t have many beach days planned for the warm weather season, these shorts can be worn all weekend long to beat the heat in any casual setting (these bad boys have an ultra comfortable mesh brief liner, too).
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Spring and summer swimsuits aren’t just about bright and bold bottoms. This black bathing suit will help you to stay true to your subtle style when paired with navy and other neutrals.
This editor-approved swimsuit brand makes bright, light trunks that offer enough stretch and protection to wear all day long. Its 5.5 inch inseam makes it the ideal length for average height guys.
If you’re looking for the ideal bathing suit with the versatility to be donned for any occasion, Mr. P has just what you’re looking for. These timeless swim shorts might just be the only pair you need this summer.
This best-selling style from luxury resort wear brand Onia is a hit with guys for it’s versatility, from beach, to bar, and everything in between this summer. With a snap closure, flat waistband and side pockets, they look just like your ordinary summer shorts, but have the swimsuit features of a mesh lining and quick-drying fabric.
Prints are good. Prints are especially good when they feature a retro-like geometric print that pairs easily with crisp summer whites and neutral solids for elevated summer style. And if you’re really trying to flex a cool fit poolside, pair it with a cool printed robe, too.
Thanks to its four-way stretch fabric, these swim trunks double as competent workout shorts. That’s not surprising, given that Rhone specializes in multi-functional sportswear.
You can always count on Bather to deliver some of the sleekest trunks in unexpected prints and colorways, including comic book patterns, the most unique floral designs, and even cool nature prints.
So your summer plans might not involve sailing the Mediterranean, but that doesn’t mean you can’t evoke the same effortlessly cool style vibe on all your summer adventures. All you need is this tailored-fit bathing suit from Ron Dorff, a crisp linen button down, elegant leather sandals, and a pair of timeless shades.
Opting for a tailored swim short adds some polish to your summer beach look. When paired with a lightweight linen button-down shirt and sleek leather sandals, your beach attire will easily transition from daytime at the beach to an outdoor evening cocktail party.
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When you think of Speedos, you probably think of those teeny-tiny swim briefs, but the brand actually makes some stellar shorts, too. Wear this smart black swimsuit all-day-every-day this summer, thanks to it’s quick-drying and UPF 50+ sun protection fabric.
Yes, Peach swim shorts! These light-colored trunks will perfectly compliment your bronzed glow from hours in the summer sun.
Guys, this might be the champ of all board shorts: four-stretch, adjustable waistband, multiple zip pockets, and an all-over wave print that still looks sophisticated.
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The North Face challenges your favorite khaki chino shorts with their swim shorts that offer a one-two-punch with quick-drying fabric and UPF 50 protection, all with the sleek look to sport outside of the water.
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The beach is the best place to go bold with your style, and nothing makes a style statement quite like these not-so-mellow yellow swim trunks.
The small scale print makes these trunks stylish with just enough playful detail to be the life of the pool party. We’ll cheers to that.
These Vilebrequin swim shorts are basically the best pool party trick ever. When wet, these solid blue shorts display a stylish pattern until they dry.
UPF 50 protection, quick-drying fabric, and a secure built-in belt make these stellar trunks a no-brainer.
Shorter than a standard swim trunk and longer than itty-bitty briefs, the Ibiza swimsuit is a 2(X)IST best seller for guys who want to show their muscular legs, but without feeling exposed.
The look of your swim trunk matters, but the length is the most important. For most guys, the sweet spot of where your bathing suit should hit is about two inches above your knee. This is the most flattering length a guy can wear—shorter guys won’t feel shorter with most of their leg covered and taller men won’t feel like they’re wearing tap shorts as the newest members of the Rockettes. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than sitting in your new swim shorts and worrying about a wardrobe malfunction with your man junk. However, if you’re gearing up to go surfing, you might want to opt for a longer length boardshort for more coverage.
If you have a softer midsection, drawstring waistbands and elastic waistbands are your friend. However, the best adjustable waistband to sport is one that lays flat to avoid added bulk. If you’re going for a snap closure, just make sure it’s not too tight with the ability to unsnap after one beer. The right fit on the waist will have you feeling seriously confident, even if you don’t have shredded abs.
Go for a color and pattern that stays true to your year-round style. Solid color swimsuits in navy or dark neutrals have the most outfit potential to pair with any linen button-down shirt, graphic T-shirt, or slim-fit polo shirt. Prints can be tricky, but we suggest avoiding any prints that look too child-like or resemble your grandmother’s kitchen wallpaper (you know what we mean.) Cool abstract artistic prints and classics like stripes and gingham are a sure bet for the best beach style.
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John Thompson is the Gear and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology.
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